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'We were nearly done. Unfortunately, certain rules stopped it': Memphis Depay opens up on failed Barcelona move at end of the transfer window... as Lyon man admits a future switch to the Nou Camp could still happen Lyon captain Memphis Depay has revealed how close he came to joining Barca   The French side were open to letting him seal a dream move but it collapsed   Barcelona couldn't afford Lyon's reduced £23m asking price on deadline day Depay said the deal was 'nearly done' but will have to focus on playing for Lyon 

By Oli Gamp For Mailonline

Published: 00:21 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 01:07 BST, 8 October 2020

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Lyon forward Memphis Depay has admitted he came inches from joining Barcelona last week before his dream move collapsed on deadline day. 

The Dutch star, captain of the French outfit, had been linked with the Spanish giants all summer and looked set to seal the transfer on the final day of the window, with Lyon reportedly dropping their asking price to £23million to get it done. 

But cash-strapped Barcelona still couldn't afford to sanction the move having failed to get Ousmane Dembele's hefty wage off their books - with the Frenchman declining a loan move to

Memphis Depay admitted his deal to sign for Barcelona was 'nearly done' before it collapsed

Memphis Depay admitted his deal to sign for Barcelona was 'nearly done' before it collapsed 

The Catalan side pulled the plug after winger Ousmane Dembele opted to stay with the club

The Catalan side pulled the plug after winger Ousmane Dembele opted to stay with the club 

The chain of events left former Red Devil Depay frustrated, but he insists he remains

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